Her explanation of why she chose her cause struck me more like self-absorption … which she has already more than demonstrated as one of her personality traits in general!
I put the blame for this completely tone-deaf response squarely on the shoulders of the brilliant DCC power(s) that be who approved each cheerleader’s selection of/narrative on why they chose their respective causes. I think the cause is a good one- but entirely inappropriate for anyone associated with the DCC (not just VK) to comment on. VK is young and immature- and while that is not an acceptable excuse for her poor behavior in some of the situations she has been in- in this case I can imagine her immaturity resulting in not knowing what to do/which cause to choose and therefore being more than willing to be ‘guided’(?) by the adults in the room (TK, Kelli, Charlotte…?) who thoughtlessly decided -or agreed with her if she truly came up with it on her own- it would be the perfect issue for Victoria.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of VK. I agree with most everyone’s negative opinion on the way she made the team as well as the way she continues to receive and enjoy (apparent) undeserving preferential treatment: i.e. unapologetic nepotism. If it sounds like I’m letting her off the hook here, it’s only because in this particular case I am less offended by her predictably self-centered ‘story’ on why she selected her cause, than I am by the appalling hypocrisy of the DCC organization as a whole claiming to support healthy body image for women. They think it’s perfectly fine to repeat ad nauseum that the minuscule ‘uniform is unforgiving!’ and that ‘the shorts keep getting smaller and smaller!’ and admit openly that not looking good enough by their standards (e.g. thin enough, tall enough, not too athletic/muscular, not too ‘boxy’ frame, not having what they think is a weird smile or eyes that are too wide open or closed, not “looking like the girl next door but the girl from last night,”… the list goes on, right?) can be enough to cut a girl from training camp or the team. All of these girls/women are stunningly beautiful; yet how often have we seen Kelli Finglass not just find a prospective or current cheerleader’s appearance lacking in some superficial (and often invisible to me) way, but gleefully and/or cruelly mock a girl’s appearance (and on national television no less)?
People can say what they want about social media commentary being the villain in feeding the fire leading young girls and women (and boys/men) to fall into the pit of negative body image, and I would agree it has become a factor. However the DCC should be accountable for/recognize that their own role in openly encouraging unhealthy body image for women has no doubt led many to believe they will never be thin ‘enough’ (or their breasts large ‘enough’ or their hair style glamorous ‘enough’ or...).
The DCC organization has gone so far as to institutionalize unhealthy body image expectations by requiring their cheerleaders to sign a contract stipulating that maintaining an unrealistic weight level is a requirement for keeping their job. (And for the unfortunate ones who verge into the red zone of increasing weight, we are treated to the fake concerned canned bullshit from Kelli, ‘we want you to lose weight in a ‘healthy’ way…)
So hey there, DCC management: Don’t insult us with your endorsement of healthy body image as a cause you care about; everything you do proclaims the very opposite.